School of Design

Transience and the built environment: a philosophical and historical inquiry


Australian Research Council

The project aims to portray transience as a key feature of human experience, a compelling fact of life with a history. 

It establishes relations – philosophical and historical, practical and ethical – between states of mobility, physical or imaginary, and forms of building. 


The chief outcome will be a forthcoming monograph and extended case study of how transient thoughts and modern human habitat arose in part from an experience of the sea, the forms of ships and maritime settlement in pre- and early modern times.


The project is funded by the Australian Research Council.